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When it comes to choosing online payment processing, many novice online merchants may choose a service simply because it’s the cheapest. While cost should certainly be considered, it should not be the sole deciding factor. Here are a few important factors to consider:
In the current economic times, cross border transactions have evolved from being large B2B or government transactions to millions of small transactions occurring everyday between individuals and firms.
The internet has converted the world into a global marketplace where people from one part of the globe can indulge in the products and services of another part. This has spawned the era of secure online transactions which are not limited by national boundaries.
When it comes to online payments the most used services are those of global payment processors. These firms take responsibility of allowing you to give and receive payments from abroad. They provide a secure framework for the same and also charge a certain fee based on the transaction sizes and volumes.
The first obvious name which comes to mind is PayPal. It is the first and the payment processor I have been associated with since I started digital marketing. Founded in 2005 by innovators including Elon Musk, it has grown in the most popular channel for global payment processes.
The other name which comes to mind because of its recent big launch in India and my direct involvement with it as a marketer is Payoneer.
Founded in 2005 by Yuval Tal, Payoneer has risen nicely in the past years with substantial funding from Carmel Ventures, PingAn, Nyca Partners, Greylock, Crossbar Capital and others. It has become a popular PayPal alternative for many and is currently operational in 200 countries with over 100 currencies. It had earlier started its services in India but was discontinued by the RBI according to some guidelines.
Well, now it has launched its services with some hand-crafted features ideally suitable for Indian freelancers and online business owners.
Apple is focusing its rumored interest in the augmented reality space on creating a new pair of AR glasses with Carl Zeiss, according to a new report.
The tech titan is working with the German optics manufacturer on a pair of lightweight AR/mixed reality glasses, according to tech evangelist Robert Scoble. The project, which could be announced as early as this year, was confirmed by a Zeiss employee, Scoble wrote in a Facebook post Monday.
Unlike virtual reality, which promises to immerse goggle-wearing users in new and exciting digital worlds, AR overlays images and data atop the real world. The best-known example of AR today is Pokemon Go, in which Pokemon characters appear on players’ phone screens amid the streets or parks they’re exploring.
Apple’s hinted before it was more interested in augmented reality than virtual reality. In September, Apple CEO Tim Cook told ABC News that he saw bigger possibilities for AR than VR, since AR allows people to be more “present.”
Nokia is back! But the question is, can it keep up to the leading brands?
The legend mobile brand Nokia brand is now officially back in the smartphone game as today HMD Global and announced the Android 7.0 Nougat-powered Nokia 6. Currently Nokia’s latest phone is available in China and its an mid-range device, so we need wait more for launch of premium Nokia 6 globally.
Nokia 6 comes with an aluminium unibody carved from a single solid block of 6000 series aluminium.Whereas look of Nokia 6 is more premium then its price tag.
Nokia 6 is powered by the Snapdragon 430 chipset with an octa-core Cortex-A53, Adreno 505 GPU and an ample 4GB of RAM. It’s built around a 5.5” 1080p screen that has a curved 2.5D Gorilla Glass sheet on top.
Laptop computers retain their usefulness in spite of the growing popularity of smartphones and tablets. People who need to get a lot of work done tend to find tablets inconvenient on account of their small size. If you are planning to buy a laptop then you are sure to come across a whole lot of options to choose from.
Compact enough to carry with you, yet versatile enough to run demanding applications, a laptop is the best tool for doing serious work or play at home and on the road. While standalone tablets and smartphones are always popular, most people realize that everything from typing a research paper to crunching video to gaming works better on a laptop. So what type of laptop should you get?
There’s a wide variety of sizes, features and prices, which makes choosing the right laptop a challenge. That’s why you need to figure out what your needs are. To make the right call, just follow these steps.
1. Pick a Platform: Mac, Windows or Chrome OS?
This is not an easy question to answer, especially if you’re not familiar with both Macs and PCs. But this quick overview of each platform’s strengths and weaknesses should help.
Most laptops come with one of three operating systems: Windows, Chrome OS or Mac OS X (for MacBooks only). Choosing the right one is a personal preference, but here’s a quick summary of what each offers.
The most flexible operating system, Windows appears on many more makes and models than Chrome OS or Mac OS X. Windows notebooks range in price from under $150 to several thousand dollars and offer a wide array of features from touch screens to fingerprint readers to dual graphics chips. Windows 10, the latest version of Microsoft’s flagship operating system, provides a number of improvements over Windows 7 and 8, including the ability to switch between tablet and desktop modes, a revamped Start menu …
Lenovo has without a doubt broken ground from being a renowned laptop brand to being a reliable smartphone brand. They are stylish and come with advanced features making them quite reliable and effective in matching customer needs and preferences.
Lenovo is one of the top smartphone sellers in India and also claims to be the leader when it comes to the online market. While the company did have a great 2016, it is ending the year by launching its new Phab2 series in the country.
In my first impressions of the giant smartphone, I had suggested that the only smartphone that gives competition to the Phab2 is the Xiaomi Mi Max. So here is a more in depth review of the Phab2 to see if it is better than its Chinese rival’s phablet offering.
Build and Design: 7 / 10
Lenovo’s smartphone division has grown up and has learned that build quality matters. Their budget offerings in K-series have all proved to be quite sturdy and well built. The Phab2 Plus gets a similar treatment. It comes with a metal unibody on the back and glass on the front which slightly curves out around the edges, which is always a nice touch. It feels very solid and didn’t show any sign of bending even when I carried it my front jeans pocket. That is of course, if it fits your pocket. It feels huge.
Now I won’t say that the bezels and the area above and below the display are slim. But it is clearly visible that the company has tried its best. Using it with one hand is really difficult, even if you have large hands. I tried using it with one hand but almost every time my palm would touch the screen before my fingers. It could get frustrating. It feels as if the finger taps are not registering. In short, you need to use two hands most of the time.
Gadgets were once the exclusive domain of young boys and men, but now have almost a universal appeal and are now used extensively by young girls and adults, making them a great choice of Christmas gift that is likely to be well received by whoever you are buying for.
…because technology is ever changing and, let’s face it, who can keep up? Whether you’re looking for the highest rated tech gifts this season or just need a nudge in the right direct, we’ve researched some of the best selling and most popular tech gifts that will be on everyones list this 2016 and bring them right into 2017. Shop our must-have’s for this year.
1. The Best Selling Fitbit for 2016: Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker – Buy It Here For $129
The latest from Fitbit, now you can track workouts, heart rate, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, active minutes and steps. Plus, you can monitor how long and how well you’ve been sleeping (YES!) and can even receive texts and calls at a glance when you’re on the move.
2. The Best Siri Replacement: The Amazon Echo – Buy It Here For $180 (Or Get It In White Here)
Deuces Siri. Hello Alexa! The closest thing we have to living Star Trek to date. Hands-free, ask Alexa anything and she’ll answer. Find out the weather, traffic, how old Adele is, turn your lights on and off with just a voice command, play Jeopardy and more! Plus listen to music because, music.
Amazon has already given us ample speakers to choose from? What is your favorite so far?
Amazon is developing a premium version of its Alexa-powered Echo speaker, which will have a 7-inch touchscreen, in a bid to stave off competition from Google and other companies developing rival offerings, Bloomberg reported Tuesday.
Designed for use in the kitchen, the new device would have an upward-tilting touchscreen that would permit a user to swipe controls from a standing position. Current plans call for it to hit the streets by the first quarter of 2017.
The development would mark an important moment for integrating artificial intelligence with automated home devices. Amazon has seen its line of Alexa digital assistant-based products take off, with the ability not only to stream music wirelessly and deliver news, stocks and traffic information, but also to manage more complicated and sensitive tasks, like controlling home security and automobile ignition, and adjusting everything from thermostats to the amount of light in the living room.
Amazon Echo and Google Home were among the most buzzed-about items on Cyber Monday, according to Adobe Digital Insights spokesperson Melissa Chanslor.
In fact, Amazon on Tuesday reported a record-breaking Cyber Monday, with sales of the Echo family of devices up seven times compared with Cyber Monday 2015.
The company sold millions of Alexa-related devices over the Thanksgiving weekend, with the Echo Dot, the Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, the Fire tablet and the Amazon Echo ranking as the best-selling products from any manufacturer across the site, said Dave Limp, senior vice president, Amazon devices and services.
Amazon sold more than 5.1 million Echo devices in the U.S. since the product was launched in 2014, according to a Consumer Intelligence Research Partners report released earlier this month. Approximately 2 million of the estimated 5.1 million devices sold in the first nine months of 2016 alone, with awareness of the device on the rise.
More than 40 percent of Echo users streamed music on the device, and one-third used it to ask Alexa questions, the report shows.
Mopping or vacuuming a floor full of food debris is usually an uphill task. You have no choice at all but to hate the entire exercise. With a good vacuum cleaner however, you can have your floor cleaned within minutes.
Have you ever owned the best floor mopping robots that whisper quietly? Well, what if you get them today, will you appreciate? Of, course you’ll love them. We have just been very lucky enough to find the best floor mopping robots that have been designed to operate quietly, and they will not disturb you and your pet while working.
With faster charging and longer run time, you will always have something that is ready to clean for you. They are willing to clean for larger homes, frequent use and more extensive mopping. Their dual mode will let you easily maintain your entire hard surfaces floor with just one device. Never should you let these things pass your way, grab your best floor mopping robots now and start cleaning.
#1. 380t Floor Mopping Robot
This thing has been designed to mop floors quickly and efficiently. It will systematically cover your entire floor in a single pass. It uses disposable or microfiber cleaning cloths to pick up hair, dirt, and dust from all your hard surface floors including hardwood, tile, vinyl, and laminate. Just attach a cloth, set it down, press a button and off it goes, using advanced robotic technology to track where it’s been and where it needs to go. It’s whisper-quiet too, so you can go about your daily activities without disruption.
It uses either disposable washing clothes, including Swiffer brand, or reusable microfiber cloths to remove dirt, dust, and hair from your floors, so you don’t have to. It has two cleaning modes to choose from depending on the job you need …
BlackBerry CEO John Chen has confirmed in a TV interview that his company is in fact working on a new smartphone that will have a physical keyboard. Once a staple item in any BlackBerry design, the physical QWERTY keyboard has been missing from both of the company’s most recent handsets, the DTEK50 and DTEK60. Those are full-touchscreen designs.
Chen unfortunately didn’t detail this upcoming smartphone at all, not even mentioning whether it will adopt a candybar form factor or if it’s going to be a slider like the Priv. That said, such a phone has been rumored for quite a while now, and the rumors talked about it being a ‘classic’ BlackBerry design, sans sliding mechanism.
It’s supposedly got the internal codename Mercury, and it might end up looking like what you see in the image above. The phone is said to come with a 4.5-inch Full HD touchscreen with a 3:2 aspect ratio, a 2 GHz octa-core Qualcomm processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, an 18 MP rear camera, an 8 MP selfie snapper, and a 3,400 mAh battery. It should run Android 7.0 Nougat from day one.
Like the DTEK50 and DTEK60, both of which are actually made by Alcatel parent company TCL, the Mercury too will probably not be a BlackBerry product, but one created by a partner. That partner company would then be licensing the use of the BlackBerry brand and software suite on it. This is the new business model for BlackBerry, announced back in September.
Would you want to give it a try?
Lenovo’s recently unveiled 2-in-1, the Yoga Book, is available in Android Marshmallow and Windows 10 Home versions.
Reviews have been mixed, with some praising its look and feel, but some considering its capabilities not up to scratch. Its Intel Atom processor doesn’t provide enough power for a workhorse device, they have argued.
The Android version costs US$500 and the Windows version goes for $550.
Inside the Covers
The Yoga Book runs on a quad-core Intel Atom x5-Z8550 with a 2-MB cache that goes up to 2.4 GHz. It has 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of ROM, and a microSD card with up to 128 GB capacity.
The Atom processor “was a cost-saving measure, because Lenovo hasn’t yet shown that its customers will shell out top dollar for a device with a sixth- or seventh-generation Intel processor,” said Eric Smith, a senior analyst at Strategy Analytics.
That choice was “not the best move performance-wise,” he told TechNewsWorld, but “from the standpoint of testing the market … very well done.”
The Book’s 8500 math …